Posted March 18th, 2008, 08:01 AM
That's a trip better reserved for a land-based vacation or for when your cruise ship stops at Tortola.
From the Virgin Islands Now web site:
There are four ferry operators offering service between St. Thomas (Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook) and Tortola (West End and Roadtown). Clearing immigration is necessary; trip may take longer than approximated. Proof of citizenship is required.
The travel time from Red Hook, St. Thomas to Tortola is approximately one hour each way.
Here's the math:
Cab ride from Havensight Dock to Red Hook (one way): 25 minutes
Ferry ride to Tortola (one way): 60 minutes
So round trip, you're looking at 3 hours travel time that does not include clearing immigration or waiting for ferries/cabs. It's not worth the stress of worrying about getting back to your ship on time.
You're better off picking a nice beach on St. Thomas or St. John to spend the day at.